Friday was the final episode of ABC’s One Life to Live, one of the last remaining daytime dramas. We’ve had our dalliances with soaps—we were addicted to All My Children in college—but Ellen, The Real Housewives, Internet porn and other distractions sapped the genre of the once-awesome sway it had over the g ays.
OLTL was notable among soaps, though, for its shameless use of male skin (yay!), but also for the introduction of daytime’s first gay teen in 1992 (Ryan Phillippe, double yay!) and the inclusion of an in-depth storyline featuring gay couple Kyle Lewis and Oliver Fish (quadruple yay!).
In addition to Phillippe, the show launched the careers of gay faves like Nathan Fillion, Marcia Cross, Jonathan Groff, Brandon Routh and Elaine Stritch. (Well, maybe it didn’t launch her career—but she was on it!)
Today, as fans come to grips with their first OLTL-free day, Queerty takes a stroll down memory lane and look at some of the hunks who bared their bods on the show—including David Gregory, Mark Lawson, David Fumero and, of course, “Kish”!
Click through for photos of One Life to Live’s devastatingly handsome male cast